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A family ritual for grieving

By Fr Roger Paponette, Parish priest, San Raphael Jesus reminds us in the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be […]

A St Patrick’s family farewell  

By June Johnston As I began writing this, I was struck by the words of this newspaper’s own advertisement—“We know nothing is considered normal at this […]

Olympian Andrew Lewis: Forget fear, live with positivity

By Simone Delochan Email: copyeditor.camsel@catholictt.org When Europe began going through its first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, Olympian Andrew Lewis was in Spain training, […]

Machel gives back to Siparia Boys’ RC: Donates tablets for students

Friday, October 16 was a day which will be remembered with joy and gratitude by the Acting Principal Maria Daly-Worrell, staff, and pupils of Siparia Boys’ […]

Questions and Answers on Fratelli Tutti

Is the Pope proposing to build an immanentist inter-religion that eliminates the specificity of faith? On the contrary, the Pope sets out to address the concrete […]

Helping the visually impaired achieve their full potential, 25 years on

By Ottrisha Carter This October the organisation of Persons Associated with Visual Impairment (PAVI) is celebrating its 25th anniversary. This non-profit organisation, established in October 1995 […]

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis: Here am I, send me

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis Rome, Saint John Lateran, 31 May 2020, Solemnity of Pentecost   Dear Brothers and Sisters, I wish to express my […]

Sr Elizabeth our ‘dou-dou’ was a gift

Sr Elizabeth Blanc OP died on Republic Day, September 24. She was 87. The Eucharistic celebration of the life of Sr Elizabeth took place on Thursday, […]

Speak Lord, Terez is listening

Within the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, there are many young people who are living their Catholic faith daily, while being actively engaged in a plethora […]

Comforting music for COVID-19 times – ‘If I can help somebody’

If I can help somebody is the title of the 14-track CD with accompanying video from 80-year-old Andre Walker, a parishioner of Bourg Mulatresse. “It is […]

Thank you, ‘Dee’

Dennis Thomas Alkins celebrated his 94th birthday on Friday, October 9. Tony Romero submitted this article to wish this “man of God” a happy birthday on […]

CAST participants graduate, reflect on living in a time of pandemic

Ottrisha Carter, a participant in the Communications for the Archdiocese Specialist Training (CAST) programme shares her experience. SIGNIS Caribbean had joined up with Audioworks Ltd, Trinity […]

A quick key to Fratelli tutti

Shadows over the closed world (Ch 1) are spreading everywhere, leaving injured people by the roadside, cast out and discarded. The shadows plunge humanity into confusion, […]

Remembering Fr Seignoret at St Mary’s

Fr Herbert Seignoret CSSp, 89, died Saturday, August 29, 2020. He was a former parish priest of St Mary’s RC Church, Mucurapo and St Peter’s RC […]

The Epic Four-Year Journey of Mrs Creese-Lee

Teaching may be a job for some, career for others, but for a special few it can be an epic journey. This is the story of […]

La Brea remembers ‘Brother Mac’

Fitzgerald Jeffrey died September 19 at the age of 69. His funeral Mass was to be held Saturday, October 3. Besides being a former Member of […]

Women, let’s talk Perimenopause

BOMA-TT hosted an insightful discussion online on the topic of perimenopause on September 10. Many women are not fully aware of what this phase in life […]

Promoting Christian relationships in the home

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 How can the domestic Church practise or promote Christian relationships within the home? This was the question addressed during […]

Standing apart – the Carthusians

By Nathan Boynes In a noisy, busy, and increasingly virtual world, there exists a religious order which stands apart. The Carthusian Order diligently guards its silence […]

Rebuilding community in Sea Lots

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp The Eternal Light Community’s (ELC) project in Sea Lots will provide education and skills to persons and develop the […]

The domestic Church and feedback

By Fr Donald Chambers In his homily on September 2, 2020, Archbishop Jason Gordon incisively pointed out that adolescents and young adults have unresolved issues because […]

Protecting the dignity of ALL women: an imperative for the whole of humanity

By Rochelle Nakhid Coordinator, Ministry for Migrants and Refugees, Living Water Community “Every violence inflicted on women is a profanation of God, born of a woman. […]

Still hoping for a brighter future

Today is World Day of Migrants and Refugees, celebrated by the Catholic Church since 1914. In his message Pope Francis has chosen the theme: Forced like […]

Inmigrantes Venezolanos – los peregrinos del Mar Caribe

By Andreina Briceño Ventura-Brown Los desplazamientos forzados de los venezolanos hacia Trinidad y Tobago han aumentado significativamente debido a la inestabilidad socioeconómica que presenta el país. […]

Forced to flee

Welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating internally displaced persons The following is the message from Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees being marked […]

Dedicated senior teacher remembered

By Tracy McKenzie Principal, Cipero (St Francis of Assisi) RC School The staff and students of the Cipero RC School mourn the loss of our beloved […]

Remembering ‘Aunty Babsie’

The Editor: Congratulations to those four women in the local Church on their reception of the Papal Award. They have made us proud. May God continue […]

Marc Chandler: Working to change the system

“A system plagued with corruption” was how 22-year-old Marc Chandler viewed politics. While pursuing a course at university, he began to understand how politics should work […]

Goodbye to ‘Sister Barney’

Barney Belmar died September 8 at the age of 84. The Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny pay tribute. Barney Cecil Belmar (January 27, 1936 – […]

The Season of Creation Challenge 2020 is on!

Participants from schools, youth groups and parishes are invited to reflect and create on this year’s theme Jubilee for the Earth. The four categories for creative […]

Leela Maria-Goretti Ramdeen

Leela Ramdeen is an Attorney-at-Law, Education Consultant, and Episcopal Delegate/Chair of the Catholic Commission for Social Justice. She was born in Trinidad on June 16, 1950 […]

Rhonda Mary Maingot

For over 45 years, Rhonda Mary Maingot has dedicated her life to the advancement of God’s work in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. As a […]

Deborah Christiana de Rosia

Deborah Christiana de Rosia’s Christian foundation to be of service to people, Church, and country, was well established from her childhood home. It was there she […]

Sr Ruth Bridget Montrichard SJC

Sr Ruth Bridget Montrichard is a Sister of St Joseph of Cluny since 1968. She was born in Trinidad, on October 8, 1941 and is a […]

Featured artiste: Romero Gowrie, Spoken Word Poet

Lara Pickford-Gordon snwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The Independence edition of #wearehere took place Sunday, August 30, on the St Dominic’s Penal Facebook page.  The live call-in programme hosted by […]

Reopening the wells of life

By Fr Donald Chambers In the Queen’s Park Savannah, there are numerous wells identified by the Water and Sewage Authority (WASA), in dark and light blue […]

Holy Mass is a love-response

By Fr Ako Walker CSsR COVID-19 has unfortunately brought with it the suspension of the duty/obligation of physical Mass attendance in many dioceses around the world. […]

Who’s your favourite saint?

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp Have you ever heard of Bruno of Cologne, Agatha of Sicily, Hugh of Cluny, José Sánchez del Rio? They […]

BLM and our sacred images

By Janelle James I am truly grateful to the Catholic News for its coverage of opinions relating to Black Lives Matter (BLM). I read with interest […]

The challenge of RACE

By Msgr Christian D Pereira For many years people of our great nation were guided by an unwritten convention, namely, we should not speak about or […]

The impossible dream becomes a reality: First Virtual WWME Weekend

By Rev Malcom & Lynn Joab Canadian/Caribbean Ecclesial Team Couple, Worldwide Marriage Encounter The August 28–30 weekend marked an inflection point in the history of the […]

An Independence #wearehere

A ‘Trini’ living in the United States said the spiritual support given by the local Catholic Church virtually was like a “lifeline” as she worked while […]

Aidaneed Foundation-supporting mobility

Catholic News writer, Simone Delochan interviewed the Aidaneed Foundation who believe all persons deserve the best quality of life, opportunities for engagement and overall participation in […]

Fashioning a future

Kelvin Dubrie once had to choose between learning a skill or earning more money; he chose a future. Dubrie, a driver with the TT Prison Service […]

Adrian on the run

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Imagine playing football from five years old, and having family members who were former Intercol standouts for Presentation, and St Mary’s College, […]

We need to take off the blinders…

With still no end in sight, the highly infectious, deadly, global novel coronavirus naturally continues to command much of our attention. All of us are vulnerable […]

CatholicTT Registry FAQs

The Archdiocese of Port of Spain has dedicated the month of August as CatholicTT registry month but do not worry you still have ions of time […]

Kindness: Giving Support to Families with Differently-abled Children

By Dr Krystal-Jane Verasammy At first glance, it may seem obvious what ‘kindness’ means. It may mean different things to different people. The true definition of […]

New and exciting partnership for Living Water Community

Cylo Tracking Limited is excited to partner with the Living Water Community to provide additional safety for their vehicles. Cylo Tracking Limited rewarded Living Water Community […]

Happy students make better learners

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp “Certainly, we are born with different brain capacities through our genes but every single human brain has an incredible […]

Amica House receives minibus

The ANSA McAL Foundation presented a minibus to the Amica House Children’s Home of St Augustine on August 6 in Port of Spain. The children’s home […]

Why you should study Theology at the Seminary

Theology, simply put, is the study of God in Christ and of God’s relationship with human beings and the world. If you believe with your heart […]

Forming a listening domestic Church

By Fr Donald Chambers “Listen, anyone who has ears” (Matthew 13:43) The ear is an organ of the body responsible for capturing sound waves and channelling […]

Trinity Tv’s Virtual Telethon airs in two days

Trinity’s virtual telethon beginning 2–6 p.m. Sunday, August 16 is promising an incredible line-up of artistic talent to entertain viewers and thank them for their ongoing […]

Worldwide Marriage Encounter – We’re coming to you!

Rev Malcom & Lynn Joab, Canadian/Caribbean Ecclesial Team Couple, Worldwide Marriage Encounter On June 27, 2020, the World Council of Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) launched the […]

Ten-year old chef in the making: Meet Jael Robinson

During the lockdown 10-year-old Jael Robinson did not give in to boredom or wiling away hours staring at a device or television. He kept his hands […]

CTC – Spreading the light of the Transfigured Christ

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp The Companions of the Transfigured Christ (CTC) celebrated 20 years Thursday, August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration. A […]

Archbishop to Companions of the Transfigured Christ: Be obedient to God’s Word

There is a generation of Catholics who “don’t quite get” that Jesus Christ is God, said Archbishop Jason Gordon at a Mass to celebrate the 20th […]

CTC – Spreading the light of the Transfigured Christ

The Companions of the Transfigured Christ (CTC) celebrates 20 years today Thursday, August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration. The founders look back with grateful hearts […]

Look out for Trinity TV’s Virtual Telethon

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Trinity TV has been the life-sustaining pulse for our local Archdiocese and has given spiritual sustenance to tens of thousands globally through […]

Sister Marie Thérèse – A life of service

Veteran journalist Andy Johnson read Sister Marie Thérèse Rétout OP – Her story from France to Trinidad and Tobago as told to Rhona Simone Baptiste. In […]

Kathy-Ann’s final revelations

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 For Kathy-Ann Mackay, her journey in art has been like “a groaning” deep within her. It was not something […]

Praying for an end to human trafficking

A young woman is branded with a barcode tattooed behind her neck. A man shows his back scourged from beatings; a tearful girl with bruises over […]

Finding Church in the new normal

By Fr Robert Christo, Parish Priest, St Dominic’s RC, Penal and Vicar for Communications The Lord’s presence dwells in real and concrete families, with all their […]

Our implicitly racist language

Some of the language/rhetoric which have become commonplace locally carry racial undertones particularly towards Afro-Trinbagonians. “Allyuh too wicked”; “He was a good boy”; “Trinidad is not […]

Elections 2020 – a Catholic perspective

By Sr Renée K Hall OP The year 2020 will go down in the annals of our history books as the one that presented unprecedented challenges […]

75th anniversary of the use of nuclear weapons… what’s at stake

By Delia Chatoor This August 7 and 9 will mark the 75th anniversary of the use of nuclear weapons on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and […]

Thanks Kay, for helping make the Marriage Encounter dream a reality

By Rev Malcom and Lynn Joab, Canadian/Caribbean Ecclesial Team Couple, Worldwide Marriage Encounter  On July 13, the Caribbean Catholic community in general and the Worldwide Marriage […]

Patience, Active Patience

Former AEC General Secretary Rev Mike James reflects on the political impasse in his homeland, Guyana. This is an edited version of the Catholic Standard editorial, […]

Singing with a steel band

Founding member of the Assumption Folk Chorale, Nigel Boos remembers singing with one of the nation’s top steel bands one Christmas season. 1970 was the year […]

Difficult and important conversations

By Fr Dexter Brereton CSSp These days, I find myself grateful to God even in the midst of the controversy and confusion in the wake of […]

Seminary says goodbye to Dr Johnston

Generations have benefitted says Archbishop By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp Bishops, priests, religious and lay people from the Caribbean have all benefitted from Dr […]

Well done, “Nursey”

Eulogy of Margaret McShine whose funeral was Saturday, July 4  at the chapel of Clark & Battoo, Park St, POS. This was streamed live by her […]

Fond memories of Sr Rose

Sr Rose de Notre Dame OP died July 17, 2019 at the Convent in Guadeloupe. She was interred in the vault of the Dominican Sisters, Abymes, […]

Pray this Psalm for comfort when you are grieving

No matter your grief, let God give you his comfort. Tragedy will inevitably come in our lives, though it can occur though various forms. It leaves […]

Topic Thursdays – Coping with job loss

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 As millions around the world are coping with job loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, one mental health clinician […]

Domestic Church and shame

By Fr Donald Chambers In my last article (CN June 28), I reflected on the domestic Church as the primary space for the formation of conscience. […]

Memories of the Assumption Folk Chorale

Founding member Nigel Boos reminisces about a choir that, in its heyday, attracted young Catholic musicians and singers from across the island. My brother, Fr John […]

Coping with Sahara dust allergies

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 If you’re an allergy sufferer like me, you’d probably stocked up on allergy medicine and resigned yourself to staying […]

Challenge for the Deaf community during COVID-19 pandemic

While the wearing of face masks and observing social distancing have been necessary to curb the spread of COVID-19, it has also presented a real challenge […]

The Mission of the Church to the Poor

By Terrence and Loanna Caesar The Church’s Mission is to carry out and continue the work of Jesus Christ on Earth. The Church does this by […]

Parenting and marijuana use

At the Catholic Commission for Social Justice’s symposium on ‘Marijuana and Cannabinoids: Health, research and regulatory considerations’, Vandana Siew Sankar-Ali, Assessment Manager, Children’s Authority presented on parental marijuana […]

Drug use in prisons

One-third of convicted persons in T&T prisons were incarcerated for drug offences. A researcher from The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine found that […]

Honouring and understanding our past

By Msgr Christian D Pereira The evolution of any nation requires recognition of its origins and an appreciation of all that is great and noble of […]

A turning point in my life

By Patricia Gafoor-Darlington As I was looking through the Catholic News late last year, I saw the advertisement for a weekend retreat, for widowed, separated, and […]

The domestic Church – key to formation of conscience

By Fr Donald Chambers In my last article (pg 17, CN June 14), I reflected on the home-like ambience and experience of the workplace, the home, […]

Our Daily Bread Café & Bookshop —A Catholic space for all

By Renée Smith Email: comms.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @rsmith_cntt Earlier in the year, if you found yourself in the heart of San Fernando, Our Daily Bread Café & […]

“Widespread use of cannabis amongst the young population makes it a public health issue”

“Widespread use of cannabis amongst the young population makes it a public health issue.” —Professor Andrea Cipriani, NIHR Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of […]

A celebration of ‘Life’ in a pandemic

Every year the Catholic News features a dad for Father’s Day, who is outstanding in his commitment to his role of husband and father. This year, […]

Celebrating 50 years—The Bentley Potter School of Dance

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 “Something wonderful!” This is exactly how Averil Potter summed up the last 50 years of Bentley Potter School of […]

Simply ‘Amazing Grace’

Grace Catherine Walker nee Petty died April 26 at the Eric E Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope. Her daughter, Michelle, remembers her mother. Grace was […]

How is ‘the domestic space’ recalling us home?

By Fr Donald Chambers With the advent of the recent social distancing practice, some argue that the ecclesial soil is fertile for the growth of the […]

Around Marine Square in 1919

Corpus Christi 2020 will be celebrated very differently from previous years in Trinidad and Tobago. Its significance however is in no way diminished — even a […]

Difficult and important conversations

By Fr Dexter Brereton These days, I find myself grateful to God even in the midst of the controversy and confusion in the wake of George […]

What would nature say to us?

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email:snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp The COVID-19 pandemic was seen by many as a time for nature to recover as humans retreated to their homes […]

Re-opened for business – Our Daily Bread Bookshop & Cafe

By Renee Smith Email: comms.camsel@catholictt.org Earlier in the year, if you found yourself in the heart of San Fernando, Our Daily Bread Café & Bookshop (ODB) […]

E-learning brings benefits for Nelson St Boys’ class

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp Nelson Street Boys’ RC teacher Shaquille Julian didn’t wait for the announcement of the COVID-19 lockdown to start planning e-learning […]

Pentecost—The Holy Spirit can enter any closed doors

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Pentecost is a significant feast in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church. This year’s celebration, on Sunday, May […]

FLU reaches out in Maloney

As we attempt to navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maloney Family Life Unit has embarked on a few methods of outreach so as […]

FLUs meet online, discuss works of mercy during COVID-19

The Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) met online on April 30 with representatives of  parish Family Life Units (FLUS) and persons interested in parish family ministry […]

Living the Domestic Church

In observance of International Day of Families on Friday, May 15, the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) Spiritual Adviser Fr Matthew Ragbir and Mental Clinician Crystal […]

Free consultancy to SMEs with a Catholic ethos

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp   How can a business continue after losing months of downtime, carrying sizeable debt, and losing customers because of the […]

Our seen and unseen kinship with creation

It has taken COVID-19 to show us how interconnected our world is! From China to T&T, the virus has spread from person to person. We have […]

COVID-19: Human development on course to decline this year for the first time since 1990

Concerted action with a focus on equity could still limit the impacts of this unprecedented crisis: closing the digital divide would reduce by more than two-thirds […]

Etiquette for online meetings: 10 things you should know

It has become necessary for us to change the ways that we engage in most of our activities, especially since social distancing has become part of […]

Learn how to compost

To celebrate Laudato Si’ Week (May 16-24) and the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, Catholic News’ Agriculture columnist Rayanna Boodram outlines how to […]

One-week Laudato Si’ Online Youth programme

Catholic youth 18 to 25 years in Trinidad and Tobago, and Grenada have been invited to participate in the Laudato Si’ Online Youth Programme this week, […]

Laudato Si celebrates 5: Prophetic and Relevant as Ever

This year, Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home- ‘Laudato Si’ commemorates its five-year anniversary. For 2020 Catholics around the world acknowledge ‘Laudo Si […]

Discussion on family life by Archdiocesan Family Life Commission

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 In observance of International Day of Families, Friday May 15, the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) celebrated Mass together […]

About Retrouvaille

Retrouvaille, (pronounced Retro-Vi) is French meaning ‘rediscovery’. It began in Québec, Canada in 1977 by a group of concerned and caring couples, priests and psychologists who […]

Five things to do for your mom on Mother’s Day

This year’s Mother’s Day is shaping up to be quite a challenging one! While the pandemic will undoubtedly impact Mother’s Day celebrations, it should not stop […]

Mother’s Day profile: Elena Villafana-Sylvester, chief executive officer, (FEEL)

Elena Villafana-Sylvester is no stranger to a gruelling schedule balancing work and parenting. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant longer days and working on weekends to help […]

The monastic cell of marriage and family life

By Fr Donald Chambers During my formative years, my mother was not an active parishioner except for Sunday Masses. As a home manager and wife, however, […]

Creating a cyber-safe home

In his 2016 message on World Communications Day, the Holy Father said the Internet could be used to “build a society which is healthy and open […]

Teens talk about COVID-19 and online schooling

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently reports that the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is low […]

Seizing $$ prospects despite COVID-19

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp The outlook in many aspects of life is uncertain with COVID-19, but personal finance is one area that cannot […]

Vocations begin at home

This Sunday is World Day of Vocations. The Santa Rosa Parish Vocations Committee prepared a newsletter for Vocations Month (May 3–24) in the Santa Rosa/Malabar Cluster. […]

Pope: Rediscover the beauty of praying the rosary

Letter of his Holiness Pope Francis to the faithful for the month of May 2020  Dear Brothers and Sisters, The month of May is approaching, a […]

5 Family Conflict Resolution Tips

With families in lockdown during COVID-19 isolation, conflict and tensions can escalate. Dialogue Solutions (www.dialoguesolutions.org) — a provider for Mediation and Arbitration Solutions—has provided these five tips […]

Virtus training for parish Migrant Ministry coordinators

The Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) hosted a Virtus online training using Zoom on April 7. Participants were coordinators of parish ministries for Migrants and Refugees. […]

Sr Hazel Alphonse – The Holy Will of God

I am Sr Hazel Alphonse, the youngest of nine children, five brothers and three sisters. I was born in St Lucia. My upbringing in a devout […]

Fr Trevor Nathasingh – A miraculous call

My journey of faith began when I was about 19 years and had just finished secondary school. My parents decided that it was time for me […]

‘Day of Prayer and Discernment’ on Zoom

By Sr Lystra Long OP The first Zoom online conversation with religious sisters from the Archdiocese of Port of Spain took place on March 22. The […]

A wish granted

Susie and Pascall Metivier, together with their three daughters and three grandchildren, hosted the Vocations Cup at their home for one week. They got a pleasant […]

Bored? How about a trip around Trinidad and Tobago…7 Local Websites Worthy of Your Time

So the lockdown has been extended for another two weeks and many have taken to Facebook and other social media platforms in their downtime. Beyond the […]

Self-Regulate says the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 One of the things that can help persons cope during this COVID-19 lockdown is to be kind to someone […]

Dignity… Courage… Devotion to Jesus

Leonora Garcia died on April 10, a day before her 91st birthday. Her Funeral Mass was held April 16. The following is her eulogy. Leonora Helena […]

Reaching youth during COVID-19 —The Art of Accompaniment

By Renée Smith Email: comms.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @rsmith_cntt The postponement of social gatherings unfortunately has prevented young people from physically gathering, sharing, and learning about the faith. […]

On the frontline with modern-day saints

By Fr Martin Sirju “What the world needs more than ever is saints.” So said Fr Henry Charles many years ago. The pandemic has provided us […]

Hand of God seen in FOCUS mission to T&T

It may have been God’s immaculate timing as a group of university students from all over the United States was able to visit Trinidad and Tobago […]

Theological reflections on COVID-19

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp How do we make sense of COVID-19 as individuals and Church? The Caribbean Theology Conference Today (CTCT) held a […]

Cloister, Community, Hospitality

By Fr Donald Chambers In my first article (CN, April 12), I reflected on the COVID-19 pandemic as a forced exile—an unexpected, disorienting, traumatic circumstance within […]

An Earth Day unlike any other

Today, Wednesday, April 22, marks the 50th celebration of International Mother Earth Day—a unified response to an environment in crisis. The theme of this year’s Earth […]

Determine what tomorrow looks like for you—Clinical traumatologist says

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Clinical Traumatologist Hanif Benjamin has observed that depression has already set in for some persons due to the COVID-19 […]

Pornography and COVID-19—there are better options!

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Fight the New Drug’s (FTND) Jerome Alexander has observed since COVID-19 quarantines began worldwide, people are finding creative ways […]

Sewing generosity

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Dominican Sisters of St Catherine of Siena have taken up needle and thread in response to “flattening the curve” of […]

My take on ‘Jesus Christ, Superstar’

By Simone Delochan Email: copyeditor.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @SimoneECDel   Every Lent for the past four years, I do this strange thing: I return to the 1973 film […]

Coronavirus, Crucifixion, Resurrection

By Tony Magliano tmag6@comcast.net   The coronavirus is not a punishment from God. It is not a severe chastisement dealt to a world that in so […]

Rite for Prayers on Passion (Palm) Sunday

A table is prepared with a crucifix, the Bible, a candle and, if you have, a palm leaf. The candle is lit. A song may be […]

Sr Raphael was more than just a devoted teacher

Sr Raphael of the Holy Face Chandleur SJC died March 13. Her Funeral Mass was March 19. Archbishop Jason Gordon officiated. Bishop Emeritus Malcolm Galt CSSp […]

Society of St Vincent de Paul prepares

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp The Trinidad and Tobago Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) is collaborating with the Foundation for the Enhancement and […]

Lessons learned outside the classroom from coronavirus

Grenada-born Sr Julie Marie Peters SSM is a member of the General Council of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, a Franciscan religious congregation. She serves […]

Pope will give special blessing on March 27, usually reserved for Christmas and Easter

On March 22, after praying the midday Angelus, Pope Francis made two calls to prayer. The first is for an Our Father, prayed together by all […]

Learning to meditate in Lent

“Meditation is a discipline and you will appreciate this for yourself as soon as you try it.” Laurence Freeman OSB If you’re like me, you’re probably […]

Working from home with your children? Plan, plan plan…

Feelings were ambivalent when schools were declared closed in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. There was relief, for some worry at child supervision, and for […]

Strengthen the ‘house church’

In the dryness of the “desert” and fasting from the Eucharist, Archbishop Jason Gordon is asking Catholics to remember the desert as “privileged space” where God […]

Your health is in YOUR hands

You’ve got to hand it to some people – a bar of soap. Senior writer Lara Pickford-Gordon writes on why we must maintain hygienic practices, now […]

Being alone and the VIRUS

By Vicar for Communications, Fr Robert Christo Beloved friends, We continue to reflect on the profound impact of the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide and most recently right […]

Our seminary today

Rector Msgr Cuthbert Alexander gives an update on the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs. Just before the seminary turned 75, in 2018, […]

Memories of Fr Dermot

Diego Martin/Petit Valley parishioner Greer Lum Lock (nee Kelly) remembers Fr Dermot Brennan OP I first met Fr Dermot Brennan, OP when I was working as […]

Leaders discuss ‘The Four Signs’

The Evangelization Commission in collaboration with the Catholic Youth Commission held a Leaders’ retreat on February 15 – 16 at Mount St Benedict Retreat House on […]

Listen to the music, see the grandeur of God

Established in 1946 by Helen May Johnson as a celebration of classical music, the Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival (TTMF) is one of the oldest national […]

Dean of the Seminary: Come study with us!

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp There’s a lot to learn at the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs (SJVUM) and course offerings […]

Men and fathers, take pattern from St Joseph

Gran Couva/Tabaquite parish priest Fr Meenuga Prabhudas MSFS shares his thoughts on St Joseph, whose feast day will be Thursday, March 19. According to the chapter […]

Why Lent is a fitting time to return to Confession

Lent is almost over. Have you made it to Confession? The Sacrament of Penance, (commonly called Confession) Fr Michael Makhan said, is an invitation for everyone. […]

How to maintain your protein intake if you’re fasting from meat for Lent.

By Kimberly Suraj, Registered Dietician, Dragonfly Nutrition During the Lenten period, many Catholics fast from eating meat. While all meats such as beef, pork, lamb, chicken, […]

History making Trini Physicist places God at the center of her universe

When Kalisa Villafana found out she was about to create history by becoming the first black woman to graduate with a PhD in nuclear physics at […]

Fighting the ‘new drug’ – a woman’s perspective

It’s accepted that men make up the majority of consumers of pornographic material however, women do access pornography, and become addicted. Senior writer Lara Pickford-Gordon put […]

The interesting life of Sam, a first Corinthian

Samuel Modeste died on February 6. He was 71. His Funeral Mass was held at St Joseph’s RC Church, Mon Repos, San Fernando on February 13. […]

Carnival, our people’s cleansing

Presbyterian Minister Rev Clifford R L Rawlins gave a public lecture on ‘The Theology of Carnival’ at St Crispin’s Anglican Church, Woodbrook on January 30. The […]

It’s Celebration Time

Our parish of St Benedict’s RC, La Romaine recognises, appreciates, applauds and validates, the stewardship of Matthew Findley who holds the position of Church Sacristan. The […]

Stop! Don’t click that link…

What’s the new drug? Pornography. Really. Senior writer Lara Pickford-Gordon finds out more about this insidious ‘drug’ that’s affecting the minds – and hearts – of […]

Pope: shut off cellphone, open Bible for Lent

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Lent is a time to remove all distractions and bitterness from one’s life in order to better hear God and those who […]

Carnival – let’s look again

Carnival is here again, its ubiquitous rhythms infecting every corner of the land at this time. At Carnival the nation become schizophrenic – bad vs good, […]

The spiritual connections in 1917

Vicar for Communications, Fr Robert Christo reflects on the movie 1917 which captured Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects at the 92nd Academy […]

Go teach, sing calypso

Catholic News contributor Felix Edinborough aka The Pierrot Grenade interviewed veteran calypsonian The Mighty Chalkdust a few weeks ago, long before his appearance at another Calypso […]

Catholic university students say ‘Pick a Side’ for Lent

Come out and support the Catholic Students Movement (CSM) as they host their 41st Lenten Production ‘Pick a Side’. CSM’s Lenten Production is a family event, […]

Bethesda training begins

Much has been happening at Bethesda – For Persons with Disabilities. We are now a registered not-for-profit Catholic organisation. Also, thanks to the Catholic Bible Institute […]

The Injustice In TnT’s Justice System

What exactly is the meaning of a just society? Attorney-at-law and Chair of the Sentencing Commission of Trinidad and Tobago Gregory Delzin sought to answer this […]

Rachel’s Vineyard: A psychological and spiritual journey for healing after abortion

Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreats are a beautiful healing opportunity for any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion. […]

The link between pleasure and social change

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Overthinking, re-thinking and/or the failure to think through current policies, strategies and interventions in the economy, in education and in our health […]

A Valentine’s Day tradition from St. Francis de Sales

He encouraged the picking of a “heavenly” Valentine to whom you should give a spiritual bouquet. St. Valentine’s Day has a long and rich history, and […]

Pope Francis: Cooperate in the education of future generations

Pope Francis has observed that the “educational compact” between families, schools, nations and the world, culture and cultures, is in “crisis”, and indeed in a state […]

Talk Tent 2020 after Carnival

Fans are in for a treat as the Annual Talk Tent opens its doors at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, from Thursday, February 27 to Saturday 29—three […]

Healing journey begins at the Mount

New Beginnings is the name of the weekend retreat organised by the Ministry to the Separated, Divorced and Widowed (SDW) of the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission. […]

Addressing global mental health needs

By Delia Chatoor ‘Shifting vulnerabilities’ was one of the sub-themes examined at the 33rd International Red Cross Red Crescent Conference (IC) held in Switzerland from December […]

Communicating Gender Justice

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Each news report “wreaks” havoc on gender issues. Gender issues can be volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous at times […]

‘No man left behind’ – men’s conference in March

NO MAN LEFT BEHIND! This is the pledge that over 1,200 men, young and mature, will make on Sunday, March 22 at the Centre of Excellence […]

Pass the pigeon peas please!

It wasn’t difficult to persuade Senior writer LARA PICKFORD-GORDON to pay a visit to the annual Pigeon Peas Festival. Here’s her perspective. Pigeon peas doubles? Pigeon […]

5 Ways Jesus Dealt With Difficult People

How to accept the inconvenient, the incongruent and the bothersome How should we deal with difficult people?Some people in our lives may be difficult simply because […]

Are intercessory prayers really useful?

If God is aware of what we need before we ask Him, what is the purpose of intercessory prayer? We all know that a prayer is […]

Teaching emotional intelligence

By Renée Smith Email: comms.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @rsmith_cntt The Archdiocese continues to ensure the developments surrounding Catholic Education in Trinidad is ideal from now to 2049. The […]

Using her gifts, the right way

Simone Francois-Whittier has built her career over a decade working in the Foreign Service. She also qualified to practise law and was in private practice. Her […]

COR – simply beloved

It was so fitting that the 40th Anniversary Mass for COR (Christ in Others Retreat) in Trinidad and Tobago was held on the weekend of the […]

Let’s study sacred scripture

By Delia Chatoor It can be argued that for any Christian to be deeply grounded in the Church and Christian belief, there should be the study […]

Logos Hope – not just about books…

Story and photos by Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp Booklovers gravitated to the Logos Hope popularly called the ‘book boat’ during the vessel’s January 2 to […]

The herb ain’t organic – Marijuana Psychoses

“When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.” That’s a quote from Jamaican musician Bob Marley, well known for seeking musical and spiritual inspiration […]

Lessons from a wisdom teacher

Vicar General and Cathedral Administrator Fr Martin Sirju remembers his rector at the Seminary, Fr Henry Charles. Seven is the number of perfection, of fullness, richness. […]

‘Sa Va Yon’ in aid of Cyril Ross

What do former Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam, former national cyclist Michael Phillips, former Attorney General Garvin Nicholas, soca performer 5Star Akil (Akil Borneo) and Deacon Derek […]

Creative expressions: What next?

The Call on Canvas initiative, a collaborative effort with Generation S, the Catholic Youth Commission and Catholic Media Services Ltd (CAMSEL), has undoubtedly drawn out the […]

The fires ‘down under’

Since August 2019 to now, the major international news networks have reported that acres of land in Australia have been burning. Former Catholic News Editor JUNE […]

Venezuelan bishops: crisis morally unacceptable

The bishops of Venezuela have issued a New Year message addressing the situation there. The message dated January 10 was headed ‘Carta Fraterna de los Obispos […]

What did Jesus say about forgiveness?

This is probably one of the most difficult teachings of Jesus to incorporate into our lives. Many of Jesus’ teachings are easy to get behind. Loving […]

Migrants seeking the sacraments

A catechetics programme is being organised within the North Western Migrant Ministry (NWMM) to cater to the demand from migrants to access the sacraments. Fr Harold […]

Remembering the Japanese martyrs

Cardinal Kelvin Felix paid tribute to the memory of the first Catholic martyrs in Japan on October 7, 2019. He had been invited by the Interreligious […]

The Eucharistic pathway of Mother Mary Ellerker

Neila Todd, a Tertiary of Carmel (lay Carmelite) looks at the life of the foundress of the Corpus Christi Carmelites as the Congregation marks another anniversary […]

Healing family life

Why does your family have secrets? Why are you closer to some family members than others? How did your mother and father handle conflict? Is there […]

Expressing the Call in your heart

What do apples, plastic aprons, broken clay pots and acrylic paint have in common? They were all a part of the Call on Canvas Art Class […]

Let us rebuild society

By Raymond Syms Email: editor.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @RaymsCN The Church is swimming against a “tidal wave of culture”, says Archbishop Jason Gordon, but as believers it is […]

Championing the Good News in Santa Rosa

By Renée Smith Email: comms.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @rsmith_cntt How have you been sharing the Good News lately? With a smile, a shout? With joy? When something exciting […]

Celebrating Catholic faith online

The University of Dayton’s (USA) online Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) programme is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020. The university has provided 20 […]

Photo meditations vol 2

Seeing God in all Things, a second volume of photo meditations by Sr Annette Chow SJC, has been published to end 2019. The meditations first appeared […]

5 Simple biblical ways to find inner peace in 2020

Scripture has guidance for a new year. If you asked for peace on earth and didn’t get it this Christmas, you can at least foster a […]

How to do a Yearly Examen for spiritual clarity in the New Year

The best way to move forward in the spiritual life is to look back and examine what worked and what didn’t. The New Year often fills […]

Caring for the people of East POS

Retired priest Fr Michael Makhan shares his memories of priestly ministry in Port of Spain and environs, and the work of St Martin’s Welfare Association In […]

Injustice for indigenous

2019 has been a tumultuous year in Latin America. Former General Secretary of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, Guyana-born Rev Mike James writes on one aspect of […]

Guess who was ‘St Nicholas’ at CFC Advent Giving?

Couples for Christ (CFC) had its first ever Advent-Giving event on November 30. CFC decided to bring members of its various family ministries together to get […]

As we were in 2019

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp   If you’ve never heard of the 3Hs or MATs you missed some developments in 2019. This year we […]

Have an old time Christmas

Are we allowing some of our local Christmas traditions and customs to go the way of all flesh? It seems so. There’s a great difference in […]

Moving from ‘house-to-house’

Ever went paranging? Did you know there’s an order in which the Parang is sung? Ethnomusicology and Spanish lecturer Dr Francisca Allard shares with readers the […]

T&T’s littlest Christmas village

Looking at it can leave you with a sense of awe. Try not to touch! Senior writer Lara Pickford-Gordon pays a visit to the Christmas village […]

Careful what you put on that Christmas plate

Christmas is a celebration, and one thing most celebrations have in common is food – and lots of it. But we need to watch what we’re […]

What does your Advent checklist look like?

Christmas Eve (December 24) marks the end of the season of Advent. Here are five things to consider when reflecting whether your Advent has been a […]

The profound symbolism of violet and rose in Advent

Even blue and red, the colours that make violet, have spiritual symbolism! Advent is a special time of preparation in the liturgical year, focusing our hearts […]

Have you set up your Nativity scene correctly?

Tell the Christmas story to your family through your creche. There’s no actual hard and fast rule for how your Nativity scene should be put together, […]

‘Call on Canvas’ the Experience!

There will be a ‘Day of Art’ for young artists registered for the ‘Call on Canvas’ project which will be hosted at the Seminary of St […]

Past CYO members to meet for their farewell reunion

After eight occasions on which past Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) members gathered for their eagerly awaited social gathering, 2020 will be recorded as the year of […]

Diamond jubilee for SJCPOS Class of ’59

Forty-three graduates of the class of 1959, St Joseph’s Convent (POS) gathered at the Assumption Church, Maraval to celebrate their Diamond Jubilee on October 27. They […]

An opportunity to refocus on our marriage

Bernadine Sammy-Fuentes shares her thoughts on the retreat My husband and I have been happily married since April 2012. In 2014, we lost my father to […]

Couples reflect on ‘The Joy of Marriage’

Couples for Christ (CFC) Trinidad & Tobago hosted its Marriage Retreat November 16 and 17 at the St Benet’s Hall, Mt St Benedict entitled ‘The Joy […]

A different voice for teachers

Senior writer Lara Pickford-Gordon speaks with the new president of the teachers’ union. Antonia Tekah DeFreitas describes herself as a wife, mother, senior teacher at the […]

Watch that Christmas craving…

Ah, Christmas – all the pastelles, roast ham, sorrel, ginger beer, black cake…You get the idea. But step back a bit and check yourself. Feature writer […]

Paramin ‘boy’ creates history at Oxford University …wants T&T to invest in renewable energy

At just 37 years old Trevon Joseph says he has already fulfilled his goal of attaining a doctorate in engineering (DEng) before age 40. Joseph, “a […]

Abandoned dog finds comfort with Baby Jesus … photos go viral

In the creche of a public Nativity scene, a puppy finds comfort and rest … and a new family. A touching episode that took place in […]

How biblical values relate to finances

Did you know biblical and financial values started right from the beginning in the Book of Genesis? Biblical Financial Management was the topic for discussion on […]

Ways to honor the Immaculate Conception this December

Did you know that in the Catholic Church, each of the 12 months of the year has a devotional theme? For Catholics, December is the month […]

Maggie’s can-do attitude for Church, work and family

Catherine Margaret Soo Chan Gomes passed away November 15. Her Funeral Mass was November 20 at St Patrick’s RC Church, Newtown. Her friend Maria Superville-Neilson delivered […]

Migration and the role of the Red Cross Red Crescent movement

By Delia Chatoor In his message to diplomats in Rome on January 7, 2019, Pope Francis remarked that, “among the vulnerable of our time that the […]

Sacred spaces and the spiritual battle

By Fr Derek Anton I write on the controversy concerning the fashion show held recently in a cathedral. I wish to make a link to the […]

Long live the Bengal tiger!

Cathedral Administrator Fr Martin Sirju considers the legacy of Sat Maharaj and what Catholic education can learn. Sat is dead. Long live the Bengal tiger! Bengal […]

What do you see?

This series of three Advent meditations by Dr Rose-Ann Walker of Santa Rosa Parish, Arima are each informed by a verse in sequence from the popular […]

The Christmas Creche – A tradition that brings joy

The following is an excerpt of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter “ADMIRABILE SIGNUM” on the meaning and importance of the nativity scene. As the Holy Mother Church […]

A special Advent prayer to maintain a spirit of silence and peace

The prayer captures the essence of Advent and helps prepare for Christmas. The Advent season is a special time in the Church to prepare for the […]

In Advent, why are we waiting for something that already happened?

By Br Thierry-Dominique Humbrech It’s really a season to go deeper and to start over. The new liturgical year has begun — Advent is here! It […]

Musical characters at Lydians’ ‘Deo Gratias’

This Christmas the Lydians say, Deo Gratias (‘Thanks be to God’ in Latin). At their 40th anniversary Christmas concert, which takes place from Thursday December 12 […]

Coping with Christmas stress

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 For some, Andy Williams’ 1963 holiday hit ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ rings true during the […]

Young artist: answer the ‘Call on Canvas’

What is Call on Canvas? The Call on Canvas Archdiocesan Art Competition aims to marry creativity with spirituality and theology. Participants will be given opportunities to […]

How do we build a civilisation of Love?

Copy editor Simone Delochan reports on Archbishop Jason Gordon’s presentation at the November 1 International Veda Conference at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre. How does […]

A Tribute to the Sisters of SJC San Fernando

Simone Delochan copyeditor.camsel@catholictt.org Nostalgia can be centripetal—you begin with one memory, that leads to another and another, that finally rests on yourself as centre. And you […]

A soft approach to change hearts and minds

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel @catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) of the TT Police Service (TTPS) interacts with several primary and secondary schools […]

Advent candles to start the season right

Candles nestled in the evergreen of a wreath is considered one of the highlights of the Advent season. Attending Mass, one would notice a candle is […]

St Benedict’s Concert dissects “The Heart of a Man”

St Benedict’s College hosted its annual school concert on Tuesday, November 5 and Wednesday 6, ‘The Heart of a Man’ at the Naparima Bowl, San Fernando. […]

Catholic university students urged to be giants in the faith

A challenge for tertiary students has often been balancing their academic and spiritual life. On Thursday, November 21, Catholics celebrated an outdoor Mass at The UWI, […]

Action towards a nuclear-weapon free world

By Delia Chatoor On December 5, 2013, the United Nations (UN) adopted a resolution which, inter alia, declared September 26 as ‘the International Day for the […]

Leadership in the Church

Brent Augustus, a parishioner from Diego Martin, concludes his commentary on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan. Part One appeared on this page in last Sunday’s issue. On […]

Serving T&T in a beautiful way

Serving the Lord with gladness has been the hallmark of the Carmelites in Trinidad and Tobago said Fr Anton Dick CSSp, presiding at Mass for the […]

Put your feet up

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 One certified foot health practitioner believes just like seeing a general physician, a foot health practitioner should be among […]

School in session: gunshots and lockdowns

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp There are primary school children familiar with the sound of gunfire and violence. Whether it is in their communities, […]

What’s beneath our Cathedral

We are living in the here and now, but do we think of who and what went before? Copy editor/writer Simone Delochan begins an ongoing series […]

A tribute to a giant of a woman—Sr Phyllis Wharfe

Sister Phyllis was my principal for seven years. What a legacy to have left! The only way to describe her is as a giant. Love her […]

The New Sin You Might Fall Prey To

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has revealed he is giving serious consideration to the introduction of a new sin to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. […]

Making marriages joy filled

By Raymond Syms Email: editor.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @RaymsCN There’s a well-known saying: A wedding is a day; a marriage is a lifetime. The serious joke is nowadays […]

Church’s faith formation programmes must change

Brent Augustus, a parishioner from Diego Martin, shares his concerns and makes some suggestions on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan. I attended a parish consultation on the […]

Thank you, Omu!

Whether it’s in the classroom, at home or in the community, building literacy and language skills provides positive reading experiences, which instils a love of reading […]

‘November to Remember’ to support Agape House

Agape House will be hosting its sixth ‘November to Remember’ fundraiser on Saturday November 23 at the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Leon […]

First Holy Communion for some special ‘little angels’

Catechist Ronalda Joseph Wood says she is humbled by the experience of preparing children with intellectual disabilities for First Communion. Bethesda For Persons with Disabilities is […]

Diamond Jubilee celebration for Corpus Christi College

Corpus Christi College celebrated its Diamond Jubilee (60th anniversary) September 8. This milestone was marked on Wednesday, September 11 with the celebration of Holy Mass, at […]

An honour to serve

The Corpus Christi Carmelite Sisters will celebrate their centenary of arrival in Trinidad this month. This is Part Six and the conclusion of the history of […]

Christmas fun for the family at Santa Claus Parade

The annual Grant-a-Wish Foundation Santa Claus Parade takes place on Sunday, November 17 at the Queen’s Park Savannah (opposite NAPA) at 3 p.m. Described by organisers […]

MoE needs to train teachers to recognise and help dyslexic students

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1   The Executive Chairman of the Dyslexic Association of Trinidad and Tobago (‘the Association’) has said that she does […]

What’s the cost of discipleship?

La Horquetta parish priest Fr Dwight Merrick reflects on the meaning of missionary discipleship. October was declared by Pope Francis the Church’s Extraordinary Missionary Month. Thirty […]

Help us build our Music Academy

The Trinidad and Tobago Youth Philharmonic (TTYP) Fundraising Concert ‘With a Christmas Heart’, will take place on Saturday, November 23 at 7.30 p.m. and Sunday, November […]

Burying grief, resurrecting hope

The following is a Spoken Word piece that was delivered by Kayla Daniel at the launch of the Consolation Ministry of the Parish of the Incarnation, […]

God, and God alone

We all have stories of friends experiencing difficult life situations involving death. CAMSEL’s Advertising Officer Mary Pitman tells the story of such a friend. Meet my […]

An unforgettable experience

Twelve years ago, the murder of her son brought extreme emotional pain to Elizabeth*. She recalls the experience and what saw her through. My son, Adrian* […]

Where there’s a Will…

One local attorney-at-law believes persons are not generally aware of the importance of wills. However, the persons who tend to be aware of the importance usually […]

Should Catholics celebrate Halloween?

The Catholic News spoke with Deacon Harold Woodroffe on the topic of Halloween whether Catholics should participate in the “celebration”. He said Halloween was not something […]

The real meaning of the word ‘disciple’

La Horquetta parish priest Fr Dwight Merrick reflects on the meaning of missionary discipleship. October was declared by Pope Francis the Church’s Extraordinary Missionary Month. Somewhere […]

Gratitude is a must!

How great it is to be alive! Life is God’s gracious gift to humanity, but life can also be unpredictable. As long as we are living […]

An unforgettable experience

Twelve years ago, the murder of her son brought extreme emotional pain to Elizabeth*. She recalls the experience and what saw her through. My son, Adrian* […]

Rubbishing the Pope just isn’t right

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Archbishop Jason Gordon has been observing an “in-your-face” rubbishing of Pope Francis especially in American media and he fears […]

A guide to missionary discipleship

Tracy McKenzie, Principal of St Francis of Assisi RC School was among the educators at the October 17 Catholic Teachers’ Day of Spiritual Renewal. She gives […]

5 Prayers for the dead (that you can take to the cemetery)

Remember, O Lord, that they are Thy creatures, not made by strange gods, but by Thee … While the Catholic tradition of visiting a cemetery during […]

Poor Man’s Dinner to help retired Cluny Sisters

The Helen Chorale of St Joseph will host a Poor Man’s Dinner on November 9 at St Joseph’s Convent, St Joseph from 6 p.m. During the […]

A spiritual journey from Jerusalem to Medjugorje

By Godfrey Ransome Thirty-five pilgrims, under the spiritual direction of Msgr Esau Joseph, departed Trinidad on September 13 to undertake a religious reawakening in the Holy […]

Discovering Caribbean saints

This All Saints’ (Friday, November 1) finds me persistently thinking of Archbishop Anthony Pantin. I always regarded him as a saint so the local movement to […]

Akini continues to dream

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel @catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp From Akini’s childhood, his father nurtured a love of steel pan music and took him to band practice […]

‘Believers: Builders of Fraternity and Peaceful Coexistence’

Message from the Vatican for Divali The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue at the Vatican issued a message October 21 for Divali with the theme: Believers: […]

World Menopause Day—Normalising a ‘taboo’

Did you know that there is a World Menopause Day? It was actually last Friday, October 18, the purpose of which is to raise awareness on […]

Challenge the culture of death in all its forms

Pope St John Paul II, in his powerful encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), challengingly said “How can we fail to consider the violence […]

Cultivating a Eucharistic Heart

In the US a recent survey revealed that only 26 per cent of Catholics under 40 believe in the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. […]

Akini’s Steel Determination

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp   “He couldn’t write properly and he had a heavy tongue which made it difficult to understand him at […]

Sr Theodore’s many missions

The following is an edited version of the eulogy for Sr Theodore Winter SJC delivered at her October 10 Funeral Mass at the POS Convent chapel. […]

Monk of 71 years celebrates 95th birthday

Fr Augustine (Peter) Schreurs OSB celebrated his 95th birthday on October 15 and is probably the most senior Dutch national residing in the Republic of Trinidad […]

World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic faith

Zelda Caldwell | Oct 14, 2019 The following is a publication for aleteia.org and republished with their permission The 22-year old gymnast, who broke the world record […]

Finding in the Temple: When Mary herself teaches us what we need for the Rosary

In this month of the Rosary, take a moment to reflect on the Fifth Joyful Mystery. The finding of Jesus in the temple is the only […]

More story time with Keens-Douglas and Friends

This year’s annual Tim Tim Storytelling show ‘Story after Story, An Evening with Paul Keens-Douglas and Friends’ will take place at the National Academy for the […]

Season of Creation ends, Synod on Amazon begins

October 4 is widely known for the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. It also marks the end of the […]

‘Fr Bunty’ – chaplain for life

The following tribute to Fr Benedict Hilaire was submitted by Mark Mungal on behalf of the 1st Presentation Sea Scouts troop. It appeared in their 60th […]

Christian Meditation – building a contemplative church

The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) is a global and inclusive contemplative family. The roots of our community lie in the desert tradition of early […]

Rewarding visits to Carrera Prison

The Corpus Christi Carmelite Sisters will celebrate their centenary of arrival in Trinidad in November. This is Part Five of the history of the Order. Part […]

Women, baptised and sent

The Growing in Grace Women’s Conference journeyed to the Holy Trinity RC Church, Arouca Parish Hall on Sunday, September 8, for the fourth annual Conference with […]

Legion of Mary celebrates anniversaries

The legionaries attached to the Regia Our Lady of The Rosary of Fatima, Port of Spain celebrated the 98th anniversary of the establishment of the Legion […]

What every breast cancer survivor should know about Lymphedema

By Dixie Ann Belle Many breast cancer survivors will probably tell you that the battle against the disease is one of the hardest they may have […]

In observance of World Mental Health Day on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Clinical and Educational Psychologist President – Trinidad and Tobago Association of Psychologists Understanding trauma and its effects in a highly stressed society A […]

Where’s Your Blackberry? Your E-Waste Is Your Responsibility

Humans generate a lot of e-waste, 50 million tonnes globally according to the World Economic Forum, an international organisation for Public-Private Cooperation. It expects this figure […]

Khelawan finds his calling

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @gordon_lp Vernon Khelawan, our ‘Frankly Speaking’ columnist, joined the media in 1959. This was after one year of trying to […]

How we as Church can help people cope

World Mental Health Day (October 10) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. A Catholic living with a mental […]

A Catholic musician who will rock your playlist

Renee Smith comms.camsel@catholictt.org Catholic musician Leandra Simon-Richards shared her thoughts with the Catholic News about being Catholic in a primarily non-Catholic Christian contemporary music scene and […]

Seeking God’s vision for the people

Archbishop Jason Gordon concludes his examination of homiletics When we stand before God’s people in liturgy, we stand naked spiritually. We stand in persona Christi in […]

Drug abuse and mental health

“Do not condemn the addict; they need help.” These words were articulated by Michael Andre as the conversation on Mental Health continued at St Charles Borromeo […]

Piano and pan for ‘Renaissance’

The National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) will come alive with the scintillating sound of ivory and steel when Dr Louis & The Lynx and […]

Love Movement presents ‘Colours of His Love’

Back by public demand, The Love Movement will present ‘Colours of His Love’ at Queen’s Hall on Friday, October 4 and Saturday 5 at 7.30 p.m. […]

A quarter century offering hope through vocational training

The Lady Hochoy Vocational Centre will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Friday, October 4. As the student population increased at the Lady Hochoy Special School, Harding […]

Trinidad students rally for mission

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @lp_gordon The Trinidad students’ rally for the first Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) Pontifical Mission Society (PMS) Mission Congress at the […]

Congratulations

Catholic News extends sincere congratulations to Dr Hollis Liverpool and Sr Phyllis Wharfe SJC on their recognition at this year’s national award ceremony on Tuesday, Republic […]

Miscarriages and the family

Simone Delochan copyeditor.camsel@abpos.org Topic Thursdays by the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) is a live chat with Crystal Johnson, therapist at the AFLC, on a variety […]

Careful what you say about the Sedition… sauce!

Members of the public are sharpening their chops for the third installment of the Priests Can Cook 2019 on Friday, September 27, at the Grand Stand, […]

A different face to the priesthood- Fr Mikkel Trestrail

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Twitter:@gordon_lp Reverend Mikkel Trestrail is the first founding member of an ecclesial community in Trinidad and Tobago to be ordained. Fr […]

For love of God, people and service – Fr Kenwyn Sylvester

By Simone Delochan Email: copyeditor.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @SimoneECDel Imagine yourself a 16-year-old boy, looking at the priest presiding over Mass when a thought suddenly pops into your […]

A calm at answering the call- Fr Kwesi Alleyne

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Rev Kwesi Alleyne has said that while people have asked his thoughts on becoming a priest: “Are you ready?”; […]

An emotional journey – Fr Stephan Alexander

Rev Stephan Alexander, 39, experienced many emotions ahead of his ordination to the priesthood including, “wholeness through healing and communion with God’s people, love and openness”. […]

PRAISE ALWAYS

The People of Praise Community celebrates a major milestone, its 30th anniversary, this Tuesday, September 24. Winston and Debbie Garcia, two founding members, share its history […]

God speaks through the Word

Last week Archbishop Jason Gordon shared on preaching as a call, and the need for the priest to have a vision/aspiration for his community. In this […]

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 For persons who have lost a loved one to suicide, it’s important that you remember who they were—loving human […]

Marionettes’ forward home

On Saturday September 14 and Sunday 15 (today), the BP Marionettes will present the concert ‘Forward Home’ at Queen’s Hall. Showtime is at 7.30 p.m. Saturday, […]

When God calls

Writer Lisa Allen-Agostini reviews Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Harris’ book, God’s Will which is in bookstores and will be on sale at the AEC Mission Congress National […]

God’s hand in migrant ministry

Charmaine Andrews of the St Joseph Parish Ministry to Migrants and Refugees reports on their work. The St Joseph Parish Ministry to Migrants and Refugees (PMMR) […]

Meditators meet to contemplate and transform

Judy Joseph Mc Sween shares her perspective of the World Community for Christian Meditation’s John Main Seminar 2019. One hundred and eighty Christian Meditators from around […]

All need to work on hospitality

Vicar General Fr Martin Sirju, who recently returned from vacation, reflects on Mass at a church in the United States in relation to the 3Hs (Hospitality, […]

Let’s have a healthy respect for life

By Anna Maria Mora This month of September is dedicated to Suicide Prevention. The Trinidad and Tobago Association of Psychologists (TTAP) continues its mission to bring […]

Annual men’s retreat for a better world

By Rev Simon Rostant “…Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matt 4:19) What a call. What a challenge. And all men are […]

Morne Diable RC school celebrates milestone

On August 28, St Martin de Porres, Morne Diable RC School recorded  its 70th anniversary as an educational institution serving the community of Morne Diable and […]

Relief work after Hurricane Dorian by Third Wave Volunteers

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 A group of Third Wave Volunteers conducted a door-to-door, rapid-needs assessment, offered medical care, psychosocial support and coordinated the […]

The scourge of elderly abuse

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 In light of the recent crimes perpetuated against the elderly community, one mental health clinician believes that something is […]

Taking the faith up the hills

The Corpus Christi Carmelite Sisters will celebrate their centenary of arrival in Trinidad in November. This is Part Four of the history of the Order. The […]

Resolving Venezuela’s crisis: Everything in God’s time

Bishop Jaime José Villarroel Rodríguez of  Carupano – geographically the closest Venezuelan diocese to the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, made a four-day pastoral visit to […]

Confronting the challenge of suicide prevention

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @gordon_lp Last month a 15-year-old committed suicide near his family home in Williamsville. His family was left in shock and […]

The faces of depression

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @gordon_lp Last month (August, 2019) a 15-year-old committed suicide near his family home in Williamsville. His family was shocked and […]

#PrayForTheAmazon

Story by Renée Smith Email: parishcomms.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @rsmith_cntt There’s been universal concern about Amazon fires for years as the majority of them are a result of […]

Carifesta XIV – A taste of heaven

by Deacon Sheldon Narine Carifesta XIV came to a close at the Queen’s Park Savannah last Sunday.  It was an exciting ten days and I had […]

Outward bound

Story by Simone Delochan Email: copyeditor.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @SimoneECDel The first thing that you notice about Andrew Lewis is his very calm manner…. Well, truth be told, […]

The Call on Canvas

Generation S’, in collaboration with Catholic Media Services and the Catholic Youth Commission is hosting ‘The Call on Canvas’. This initiative is part of the vocation […]

How to ease the pain of separation

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Separation and divorce can bring an “emotional roller coaster” of vast emotions—frustration, powerlessness, anger, denial, confusion, depression, loss of […]

Mary is a Queen not for position or monarch but a fighter in battle.

By Fr Robert Christo Every year on August 22, the Church celebrates the Queenship of Mary and offers the reading Matt 22:1-4 for reflection in which […]

Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

Simone Delochan copyeditor.camsel@abpos.org Sometimes in the midst of the social and political ills that seem to mark our daily living, we can forget that there are […]

Tobago’s perspective on 20th Caribbean Couples for Christ conference

On July 11, three delegates from Tobago arrived in Curaçao to attend the 20th Caribbean Couples for Christ conference. For the first time, Trinidad and Tobago […]

Gov’t school religion teachers introduced to Virtus

A session on the Virtus Programme, directed by the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC), was organised by the Catholic Children on Fire for Christ (CCFC) for […]

Watch for the ‘Rip’

by Raymond Syms Email: editor.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @RaymsCN ‘Java’ (July August Vacation) is almost over. Have you planned a beach run yet? If not, then be ever […]

Jesus Explosion missions in Guyana

Jesus Explosion Mission team member Gregory Quan Kep reports on their time in Guyana. Guyana’s first Jesus Explosion (JE) was held August 9–12. Most of the […]

Biker days never fade

Story and illustration by Andrew J Fitt Some things remain with you for years, and if you’re lucky, maybe even forever. I’m going to be 46 […]

Shake off the yoke

“…Praise His name and shake, shake off the yoke, shake, shake off the yoke…” are the last few lines of the refrain from the hymn, ‘Freedom […]

The Assumption helps us understand what we are as humans, suggests Pope Francis

This article was originally published by Aleteia and republished with permission In his encyclical Redemptor Hominis (Redeemer of Man), in the first year of his pontificate, John Paul II […]

Here’s why Mary is the secret for growing in faith

Hint: have you considered her role in the first disciples’ faith? Our Lady is the intercessor par excellence, but sometimes it helps to consider her maternal intervention […]

Mary’s death and assumption: Beautiful thoughts from the saints

While the Church has no official declaration on whether Mary died before she went to heaven, certain holy people have maintained that she did. On November […]

Freedom to Play

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Earlier this month, the Raja Yoga Prison Ministry in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service hosted its […]

Let’s adopt an “Amazonian and indigenous face”

By Renee Smith parishcomms.camsel@abpos.org In his visit to Puerto Maldonado, Peru last year, Pope Francis issued a sobering statement: “The indigenous people of the Amazon region […]

Leadership VOX POP!

At the Leadership Conference on August 1, attendees were given much to digest. Catholic News approached some participants asking them, “What is one lesson learnt regarding […]

Liturgy School

Liturgy School 2019 put the spotlight on the Archdiocese’s 3H’s with the theme Hospitalities, Homilies, Hymns: Liturgy Alive, scripture was also referenced with “I have come […]

School Of Communications

The Caribbean School of Catholic Communications (CSCC) ended yesterday (August 10) with participants from the region finalising their projects for submission. This year was a milestone […]

How to increase joy in your life according to the Bible

The Bible contains many key passages that explain the secret to living a joyful life. Joy is much more than a pleasant feeling. It’s an enduring […]

Don’t let your spirituality be keeping up appearances

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@rcpos.org Some people like to look spiritual but they are not; Pope Francis calls this “the spirituality of appearances”. Cathedral Administrator, Vicar General […]

10 facts about Catholicism that might surprise you

The Church is much more than Roman Catholic. There’s more to Catholicism than meets the eye. What many people refer to as the “Roman Catholic Church” […]

Friendship at the heart of hospitality

By Fr Don Chambers In last Sunday’s article, I reflected on Jesus’ Ministry of hospitality. The Incarnation reveals the intrinsic hospitality of God who receives the […]

One Man’s Journey – a book about life

By Raymond Syms Email: editor.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @RaymsCN Everyone has a life story to tell. Wilfred Holder challenged himself and has written on over five decades of […]

Keep your child safe from being trafficked

July 30 is the UN World Day against Trafficking in Persons, to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion […]

Why self-care is the secret to getting closer to God

Forgetting to properly take care of myself is my number one occasion of sin. “I keep confessing the same sins,” I admitted to the priest. It’s […]

The virtue of Mary Magdalene that we desperately need today

The article was originally published by Aleteia and re-published with permission This great saint displayed a quality to ponder and emulate. There are a number friends […]

Sacred Heart Girls’ receive First Holy Communion

The impact of the Archbishop’s call to renew the experience of Holy Mass by focusing on the 3Hs—Hospitality, Homilies and Hymns was very evident as 53 […]

The measure of a man ‘off the streets’

Street dwellers often seek help from the church. Merlin Boyce of Word and Deed prayer group shares their experience of Mervyn Vincent. Former San Fernando street […]

The other face of mental illness

The mental health of our society is a growing concern that is affecting family life. Susan (not her real name) gave the following testimony of how […]

Many healed at another fantastic Jesus Explosion

By Gregory Quan Kep, JE Committee member It is with a grateful heart that we give thanks for another fantastic Jesus Explosion (JE) conference. The theme […]

Many mentally ill on the streets

Story by Kaelanne Jordan, Email: mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org – Twitter: @kaelanne1 The question of how to care for a non-compliant loved one with a mental illness is “a […]

Farewell to a pilgrim

Forty-seven days after her death while on pilgrimage to our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Mexico, Denise Mitchum was laid to rest. On June 25, fellow pilgrims, […]

Diamond love for the Ignacios

What is Love? According to 1 Corinthians 13:4, 8: “Love is always patient and kind. Love does not come to an end.” This is what you […]

San F’do Boys’ RC ‘Cook-off’ has ‘GoT’ twist

San Fernando Boys’ RC Past Student Association (PSA) hosted its third annual Curry Duck Cook-Off Competition at the school grounds at Harris Promenade, San Fernando on […]

Shepherd’s Cup qualifiers under way

All parishes of the Suburban Vicariate came to overthrow the two-time reigning champions Mary Immaculate Queen of the Universe (MIQU) Bourg Mulatresse and in the end, […]

Is there hope for Venezuela?: An interview with Cardinal Baltasar Porras

“The public and private institutions have been destroyed, and the only institution remaining is the Church.” The social, political and economic situation in Venezuela continues to […]

If you want to positively influence others, follow the wisdom of St. Benedict

This piece of advice never loses its power and is something we should always strive to follow. St. Benedict was a holy monk of the 6th […]

Transforming schools and people

Wayne Hoerning was one of two overseas volunteers to work on the transformation of Nelson Street Girls’ RC School for Project Care TT in late May. […]

Unimaginative food leads to start of Pound Day

The Corpus Christi Carmelite Sisters will celebrate their centenary of arrival in Trinidad in November. This is Part Two of the history of the Order, a […]

Fearing the shadow of your own mind

The mental health of our society is a growing concern. Catholic News contributor Andrew J Fitt shares his personal battle. I can’t remember an exact date […]

Creating space for inculturation

Story by Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Fr Martin Sirju in his presentation on inculturation said there are Indians who would like to see more […]

Youth on retreat reflect on ‘You Are My Beloved’

The Evangelization Commission hosted a Young Adults Retreat on April 7 at the Caribbean Magic Resort, La Solita Road, Kelly Village. It comprised about 20 young […]

Give Vacation Bible School a try

When life is unfair, scary, changing, sad and good, we must remember God is good and His love is enough. This was the message given to […]

Here’s why July is dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ

When the pope was in exile, he turned to the Blood of Christ for strength. One particular devotion in the Catholic Church connected to the Passion […]

‘Praise Breakfast’ exactly what I needed

As a person of faith, often times I had gotten accustomed to the routine of my prayer life—daily prayer until Sunday Mass so the routine continues. […]

Men reflect on ‘Crime and the Christian’

Approximately 60 men gathered – some coming from as far as Erin – on Saturday,  May 25 at St Benet’s Hall, Mount St Benedict, for Couples […]

Topaz crowned Santa Cruz RC champs

Santa Cruz RC School held its first biennial Fun, Sports and Family Day on Wednesday, May 29 at the Charles Street, Recreational Grounds, Santa Cruz. Among […]

Programme to enhance skills of RC Math teachers

Mathematics for Empowerment and Enjoyment is the theme of a programme to improve the performance of RC primary pupils by enhancing the skills of their teachers. […]

How Spiritual Baptists survived stigmatisation

Story by Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 “Could the repeal of the [Shouters’ Prohibition Ordinance] Act erase decades of persecution, stigmatisation and cultural stagnation?” That […]

St Gabriel’s Girls’ celebrates

The St Gabriel’s Girls’ RC family has a lot to celebrate. In recent times, the school hosted a successful ‘Sportathon’ fundraiser in May. Then, 52 Standard […]

Put on God’s armour daily

The Franciscan House of Prayer with Spiritual Director, Fr Trevor Nathasingh hosted their 10th annual ‘Day of Empowerment’, June 1 at the Guaico Secondary School.  Hundreds […]

Irish ‘thank you’ for Fr Michel’s work in Lectio Divina

By Anne Smyth, Chairperson of Board of Management, Dominican Lectio Centre The Dominican Lectio Divina Centre in St Catherine’s, Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, stands as […]

An invitation to deepen our baptismal identity

From the First Friday Committee “In the end, we are not Catholics because our leaders are flawless, but because we find the claims of Catholicism both […]

Pray this Psalm when you are overwhelmed with anxiety

Cry out to God and ask for his help to bring peace back into your life. Anxiety can be an overwhelming feeling at times and can […]

Don’t receive Communion out of routine, but with conviction, says pope

May our “Amen” come from the heart! An excerpt from Pope Francis’ exhortation before praying the midday Angelus on Sunday’s feast of Corpus Christi, also known […]

Christian meditation, yoga and contemplative prayer

Today is International Yoga Day, and here are a few frequently asked questions on the practise of Christian Meditation. Catholic News approached Sr Ruth Montrichard, Member […]

How our imperfections should lead us to a spirit of thankfulness

St. Aloysius Gonzaga believed that gratitude can only be unlocked through a recognition of our weaknesses. It’s not always easy maintaining a spirit of thankfulness and […]

Together with Christ, we are invincible

The matter used in the Eucharist is significant. We celebrate it this Sunday. On Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, celebrated […]

Why we celebrate Corpus Christi

by Joy Nanton, advocate for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration “I am the living bread that has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live […]

Baking the ‘the bread of life’

Story by Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Twitter:@gordon_lp Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit […]

Mechanisms to manage anger

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Twitter:@gordon_lp Over the past five weeks starting May 26 the Catholic News has discussed anger, the physiological response, underlying triggers, the […]

Italian priest concelebrates his 100th birthday Mass with his 4 sons, also priests

A spiritual son of Padre Pio, Fr. Vaccarini hasn’t wasted a minute of his century-long life. Father, priest, father of priests, centenarian, author, disciple of Padre […]

Why do Catholics have the same Mass week after week?

In liturgy, the heart speaks powerfully, but thought at once takes the lead … Even if we love the Mass, the repetition of the ritual, day […]

The living word on labour relations

As we celebrate Labour Day it is only fitting to note that the Catholic Church’s teachings promote justice in wages and worker solidarity while defending private […]

Special awareness of abuse for elders with dementia

By Michèle Clavery Vice President, Alzheimer’s Association of Trinidad and Tobago June 16 (last Sunday) marked a special day in the life of the Alzheimer’s Association […]